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DOD - 407 - Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services - Agency Authority


Committee NameDefense Advisory Committee on Women in the ServicesAgency NameDepartment of Defense
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number407
Original Establishment Date8/11/1951Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date4/22/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Military Director, DACOWITS
Date Of Renewal Charter4/22/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixCOL
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Seana
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Jardin
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixUSA
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency DeterminationDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(571) 232-7415
Effective Date Of Authority*8/11/1951Designated Federal Officer Fax*703-614-6233
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The DACOWITS shall provide independent advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment of servicewomen in the Armed Forces of the United States. All DACOWITS work, including subcommittee work, will be in response to written terms of reference (ToR) or taskings approved by the Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense (“the DoD Appointing Authority”), or the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) unless otherwise provided by statute or Presidential directive.
How is membership balanced?*The DACOWITS shall be composed of no more than 20 members who have prior
experience in the military or with women-related workforce issues. Members will include leaders with diverse and inclusive backgrounds, experience, and thought relating to the recruitment and retention, the employment and integration, and the well-being and treatment of women. These members will come from varied backgrounds including academia, industry, private and public sectors, and other
In evaluating candidates for the DACOWITS, the DoD considers the education, life experience, and professional credentials of individuals as they relate to the subject matters anticipated to the tasked to the DACOWITS. The DoD has found that viewing the complex issues facing the DoD through a multidisciplinary advisory committee provides the DoD and, more importantly, the American public
with a broader understanding of the issues informing subsequent policy decisions. Membership shall be fairly balanced to provide variety of background, experience, and thought in support of the DACOWITS’ mission. The DACOWITS’ membership balance is not static and the DoD Appointing Authority may change the membership based upon work assigned to the DACOWITS by the DoD
Appointing Authority or the USD(P&R), as the DACOWITS’ Sponsor.
Each member is appointed to exercise his or her own judgment on behalf of the DoD, without representing any particular point of view, and to discuss and deliberate in a manner that is free from conflict of interest. DACOWITS members who are not full-time or permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Uniformed Services, shall be appointed
as experts or consultants pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 3109 to serve as special government employee (SGE) members. Those who are full-time or permanent part-time Federal civilian officers or employees, or active duty members of the Uniformed Services, shall be appointed pursuant to 41 C.F.R. § 102-3.130(a) to serve as regular government employee (RGE) members. The DoD, unless otherwise
required by statute or Presidential directive, does not use representative members on DoD-established or supported advisory committees.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee normally holds four business meetings per year. At the meetings, the Committee receives training as well as briefings on research, policies, and programs specifically aimed at the Committee's annual topics. They take time to discuss their experiences learned from focus groups results during installation visits. They also interact with guest speakers and subject matter experts on relevant topics. At the end of the year, the members use the meeting time to review and discuss gathered information, develop recommendations, and write their annual report to the Secretary of Defense.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Secretary of Defense has determined that the independent advice the Committee provides is essential in the management of DoD's officer and enlisted force management, addressing issues unique to women who serve in the Military Services, and the integration of women into newly opened military occupational specialties or career opportunities.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksDue to the Department of Defense Zero Based Review the committee only met two times versus four in FY 2022. The Committee met virtually in June and held an in-person meeting in September.

DACOWITS provides advice and recommendations in an annual report to the Secretary of Defense. These recommendations are generated from information/data gathered during quarterly meetings and from formal literature reviews. Additional information is gather during Committee travel to military installations to perform in-person focus groups with Service members.

DACOWITS receives research support from a contractor. The contractor performs comprehensive focus group training with DACOWITS members; conducts an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to test the protocol perimeters for subjects; records, compiles, and analyzes both the qualitative and quantitative data the Committee collects from focus groups during installation visits; supplements current research materials on the various issues analyzed; and compiles a comprehensive report detailing the installation visit data, analysis, supplemental research, and conclusions; all of which assist the Committee to develop recommendations to the Secretary of Defense.

Department of Defense (DoD) policy between fiscal year 2007 and 2011 required that subcommittee members be listed separately in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database, even if they were duly appointed members of the parent committee. This policy, in some instances, caused a duplication of entries.

Beginning in fiscal year 2012, DoD will only list in the subcommittee section of GSA’s Database those who are appointed to just a subcommittee. If an individual is appointed to the parent committee and to one of the committee’s authorized subcommittees then his or her subcommittee affiliation will be reflected in the parent committee membership section of GSA’s Database.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,048Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee did not provide recommendations in 2022 due to the Secretary of Defense's Zero-Based Review. It should be noted here that the DACOWITS was originally chartered in 1951 to assist in the recruitment of women. The 1048 recommendations cover the period of 1951 to 2020 The total of all recommendations that have been fully or partially implemented is 96%.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe staff has validated that 775 (74%) of its recommendations have been fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*22.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe staff has validated that 233 (22%) of its recommendations have been partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll meeting documentation is available on the Committee's web site ( or by contacting any of the DACOWITS staff. The website includes an organizational email address with which the public can contact the staff. We can provide information electronically or by hard copy.
Agency Feedback Comment*The agency tasks the Services, applicable staffs, and implementing or responsible organizations to respond to the Committee's recommendations. These organizations provide written responses to the Committee. Additionally, they provide briefings and written responses to ongoing actions pertaining to the Committee's recommendations.Narrative Description*The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (P&R) is responsible for the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and professional females to serve in the armed services. Women add diversity to our military. This diversity maximizes the value of building a team comprised of multiple backgrounds and talent sets. It allows the services to take advantage of unique life experiences which develop different problem solving approaches. This adds to our corporate strength, which ultimately improves our military readiness. DACOWITS provides support to P&R’s mission by identifying, studying and providing recommendations on issues such as recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment, to name a few, which may impact a woman’s decision to either initially join or remain in the military.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$667,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$675,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,700.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$120,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,800.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$35,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$127,156.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$410,000.00
Total Costs$813,156.00Est. Total Next FY*$1,240,000.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/1/2022 4:56 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.00Est Cost RemarksThe Committee will be back to a full slate of quarterly in-person meetings and installation visits. Additionally, they will again require use of the research contract support.
Cost RemarksThe Committee did not execute some of its funding due to the SecDef's Zero-Based Review, which suspended operations. The Committee did not have two of its normally schedule meetings, which reduced travel, supplies, and meeting conference space costs. Additionally, the Committee did not complete any installation visits and only used its research support contractor during part the year.  
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Interest Areas

Civil Rights
Equal Opportunity
Health Care
Physical Fitness
Research and Statistics
Job Training
Workforce and Occupations
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Basic Research
Research and Statistics
Employee Welfare
Social Sciences
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031579Employment and Integration2022
 COM-032019Recruitment and Retention2022
 COM-029323Well Being and Treatment2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039074Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2021
 COM-037550Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2020
 COM-035676Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2019
 COM-033054Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2018
 COM-001350Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2017
 COM-002883Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2016
 COM-003525Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2015
 COM-005072Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2014
 COM-005637Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2013
 COM-007200Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2012
 COM-007729Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2011
 COM-009396Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2010
 COM-009794Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2009
 COM-011181Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2008
 COM-011635Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2007
 COM-013085Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2006
 COM-013574Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2005
 COM-014976Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2004
 COM-015464Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2003
 COM-016952Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2002
 COM-017386Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2001
 COM-018925Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services2000
 COM-019328Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1999
 COM-020929Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1998
 COM-021251Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services1997